Zebra makes its acid-free Jimnie Gel Antique pens (about $1.79 each) in hard-to-find earth-tone colors (cobalt, mahogany, forest and earth) for your heritage pages. Visit www.zebrapen.com to find out more.
Stickers are the quick and easy way to terrific page titles. Memories Forever letter stickers come in 12 styles from elegant calligraphy to funky designs. All have clear backgrounds—no white borders around your letters. The stickers are available for $2.50 for the 80-letter pack and $5 for the 320-sticker value pack at craft stores or www.scrapramento.com.
To apply stickers to your scrapbook page in a straight line, first align them on a sticker-backing sheet. Fold under the top of the backing so the stickers overhang the fold, then press the sticker tops onto the page. Peel away the backing, smoothing the stickers onto the page as you go.
Use templates to cut letters from patterned paper or photos. ABC Tracers from EK Success come in seven styles including Block, Funky and Log Cabin (shown below). Each template of 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch letters retails for about $3.50. Visit www.eksuccess.com.
C-Thru Ruler Co. Better Letter Templates are available in Smarty, Whimsy and Spunky styles in 1-inch ($4.25), 2-inch ($5.95) and 3-inch ($9.95) heights. See www.cthruruler.com.
A tip for using templates: Don’t painstakingly cut out the tiny holes in your letters; instead, cut the piece from your background paper behind a photo and glue it to the letter.
For special fonts to go with special photos, try a font CD such as DJ Inkers Super Fontastic, which collects 77 fonts from stately to playful. The $29.95 CD is compatible with both PCs and Macs and is available at www.djinkers.com.
At www.letteringdelights.com you can have a Personal Pen font made from your own handwriting or someone else’s (Great-grandma’s, perhaps). Your font costs $40 to $90, depending on the style, and about $30 more if the handwriting sample is a letter or other document. You can also purchase individual fonts for as little as $2. See the Web site for details.